On Eve of AEU Industrial Commission Hearing

The Tasmanian Greens today urged the Premier and Eduction Minister, David Bartlett, to immediately engage in talks with the Australian Education Union and teachers at colleges regarding their concerns over Tasmania Tomorrow changes as stop work meetings commence across 110 schools, and on the eve of the AEU’s case beginning in the Industrial Commission.

Acting Greens Leader Kim Booth MP said that David Bartlett’ must take responsibility for any disruption to the school year and accept that it is his deliberate divisive behaviour towards teachers who are voicing concerns over the Tasmania Tomorrow reforms which has precipitated this impasse.

“This week sees stop work meetings commence across 110 of the State’s 209 government schools, in protest to the Premier’s handling of Tasmania Tomorrow and specifically Elizabeth College being forced in next year, and the AEU taking the reforms to the Industrial Commission, but still David Bartlett refuses to back-down from his belligerent refusal to engage,” Mr Booth said.

“The Greens have proposed a way out of this mess, by suggesting that a halt is put on any colleges being forced into Tasmania Tomorrow and that an independent review is conducted of the reforms and its implementations.”

“Had David Bartlett swallowed his pride and acted on this suggestion teachers could get on with teaching rather than having to resort to these measures in an attempt to have their concerns taken seriously.”

“Yet again, Tasmanians suffer due to a bad judgement call by this arrogant and divisive Premier.”

“Teachers and assistant staff have a proud track record of putting the needs of their students first, so to push school communities to the point that stop work meetings are held reflects on David Bartlett’s refusal to stop, engage and listen.”
Kim Booth MP Acting Greens Leader